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SES lays foundation stone for new satellite control centre

28 April 2011

The prominent telecommunications satellite operator is investing a total of 34 million euros in new state-of-the-art control facilities at its Betzdorf, Luxembourg campus, and an additional business centre.

The major construction project will include a new Technical Building with associated office space to handle future needs for SES’ expanding global satellite fleet of 44 satellites.

The new facilities will also host the Satellite Operations Centre (SOC) for satellite infrastructure start-up O3b, whose MEO (Mid Earth Orbit) constellation of (initially) eight spacecraft will be flown out of Betzdorf beginning in 2013.

Next to the new Technical Building, an extended antennae field will be capable of holding up to 40 large scale satellite communications dishes with the ability to cover an orbital arc over Europe stretching from 62 degrees West to 70 degrees East.

SES is also investing in a new 3,500 square metre energy-efficient Business Centre for the development of SES divisions and the hosting of third-party activities on the Betzdorf Mediaport.

The finance provided by SES is complemented by a significant investment from the Luxembourg Government and the Commune of Betzdorf, whose contributions will add 3.2 kilometres of roads, water, gas, electricity and vital communications lines to the Betzdorf site. There will also be a new local power grid station and water tower.

In parallel, P&T Luxembourg, the national telecommunications incumbent, is investing close to the SES campus into a new data centre. Managed by its subsidiary ebrc, this fifth data centre will be operational in spring 2012.

www.ses.com

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